Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
Series: Sajid Ahmed Umar - Leadership
This Lecture titled ‘Leadership’ was the second of a series of lectures conducted in the ‘Making Our Mark’ UK tour. Leadership was a talk done in Bristol-UK.
Sheikh Sajid highlights the importance of the qualities of a Leader and focusing in on them and inculcating them into our lives, so that we strive to be excellent in all our roles and responsibilities be it as a parent, spouse, employer, child etc
Life lessons are extracted from the life of Rasulullah (saw) and the sahabah (ra).
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Rahmani Raheem. hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen
wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah while he was on he was a limiter Sleeman kathira la
la mala and Milena Illa Allah subhanaw taala Lima Hakeem Allah Molina and federal now what
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penny of Coca Cola
My dear brothers and sisters, my dear mothers and fathers as salaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
All praises belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala
we seek Allah subhanho wa Taala as guidance
and we seek assistance from Allah subhanho wa Taala and we seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala from the evil of ourselves and the adverse consequences of our deeds. windsurf Allah subhanho wa Taala declares, guidance upon the man can misguide him, and will serve Allah subhanho wa Taala decrease misguidance upon the man can guide him and peace and salutations be upon the final messenger, Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
as to what follows
my dear brothers and sisters, Indians a great blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala upon me to visit some of the oma Bristol it's my first trip here. And last night, we had a well yesterday we had a long program. I must have lectured for
six hours as a minimum yesterday, and we had a long program in the evening. And Subhanallah when we woke up this morning, my voice disappeared. And I had to cancel the afternoon program.
And we thought let's leave the bristal program open even if I go there was no voice at least I can meet the barista, but when he laid around six o'clock, or 630, some voice came out. Let's pray last inshallah we have some more programs to complete here in the southwest. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to return the voice back.
Indeed, I am grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for this opportunity for it is one of my hobbies to meet the Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and indeed you are from the Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam and that is why it's always exciting to go for hjem to go for Allah because Allah subhanho wa Taala gathers a lot of the oma in just one place. So I'm grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala and I thank you all for attending. And affording me this opportunity. And I'm also grateful to idea and our brothers for was and Daniel, Allah subhanho wa Taala preserve them and us all in his obedience. I mean, for this invite and making this trip a reality. ask Allah subhanho wa Taala from the outset,
to make this a gathering that is beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala a gathering that has not come together except for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala a gathering that is forgiven upon his departure and a gathering that will reunite many, many a time in this world, as well as in the year after starting underneath our show of Allah subhanahu attorno that you have.
I mean, Indeed Allah subhanho wa Taala is upon Eva. This is a place of gathering, dear brothers and sisters. For we are in a house from the houses of Allah subhanho wa jal and we've come together to learn some of the inheritors of hammer sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And from that inheritance was lessons from the Quran that he taught Salalah alayhi wa sallam.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said but amerihome would be baited when booty lakita Allah include Akita beliee
rasuna, who female beta in less military he was Sakina Well, she had to moranbah
have fled to Malacca, with a Corolla with him and as Hadith isn't the
loss of Allahu Allah He was alarmed said that there's no group of people who come together in a house from the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yet to know Nikita Bala they recite the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Whether there would have been home and they between themselves they learn lessons from this book, except that Allah causes contentment to fall upon them. Subhan Allah Sakina and causes
mercy to engulf them.
And causes the angels to descend and surround them.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions this gathering to those that are with Allah subhanho wa Taala
imagine Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioning you by name, and you by name and you by me to the angels and those that are with Allah subhanho wa Taala How amazing is that? How special is that?
If we knew that a president or the queen or a prince or a king mentioned us by name and praised us by name, how pleased would we be imagine Allah subhanho wa Taala remembering us by name? We have also had a hotel accept from us. Mmm show Can you elaborate la la, the famous Yemeni scholar. He says that this hadith mentions a house from the houses of Allah. However, this mentioned kataragama, shall we meaning it was mentioned because the norm at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that these lessons would take place in the masjid. However, this blessing is not confined only to those lessons in the masjid. It also encompasses those lessons that take place outside of
the masjid, at a conference venue, for example, or at a community hall for example. And nowadays we have a we live in the age of it. And we have virtual classrooms. So even those lessons, as our shakes it, but that's the whole law. He says even these classrooms
and those that study in it, the four iron and lessons from the Quran, for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala stands to gain from the benefits stated in this Headey Allah subhanho wa Taala except from us.
But your brothers and sisters, this toy is called make your mark. And it began yesterday
in terms of the lecture specific to make your mark look the other lectures. And we started off with a topic called
the importance of having a vision. And there was a lot that I wanted to share with the brothers yesterday. But I think the talks bad 90 minutes plus we have to end because when we talk about the vision, these are matters, especially for those who are involved in strategic planning and this field of leadership and visioning. You know that it takes at least two days to teach people about envisioning and that also is in a slightly quick manner.
But nonetheless, a lecture series titled Make Your Mark must start with this topical division. And in summary, we told the brothers and sisters,
about the importance of becoming a high net worth individual.
And we set the paradigm right, that high net worth not in terms of financial standing in material well being but high net worth in terms of your impact with regards to matters of the hereafter.
So that was the theme that was set. And we said that from the sunon of Allah subhanho wa Taala is that everything has a purpose.
And that it is disrespectful to say that we were created without any purpose, or to believe that you have a purpose but behave as if you don't have a purpose. This is disrespectful because this is a form of denial of an established sin of Allah subhanho wa Taala. From the established ways of Allah subhanho wa Taala with regards to his creation, everything has a purpose. Nothing is done in vain. Allah created us to worship Him.
The purpose of creation has been set. And
we established with the brothers and sisters there, that as a Muslim, as a person who has declared the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And as a person who has accepted the prophecy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam then understand that it is your right to be the best understand that you cannot be a member of this ummah, except that it is your right to be the best mediocracy is not a description of the Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Allah subhanho wa Taala spoke about the Sahaba of the Allahu Akbar and declared them as
the best of people. Why? Because they were people of action. They proved through action, that they knew this concept of having a purpose on Earth. They weren't here just to eat and just to play as
the livestock and the animals do. They don't have a purpose.
They work based on their whims and fancies and desires. And, as Allah subhanho wa Taala declared the disbelievers he or Kowloon, were
commanded to adapt to the law, they eat, and they play just as the animals do. There's no they don't behave as if they have a purpose. As if there's
reason behind this creation. And there's a ends that's going to come, that will substantiate the purpose of us being here on the face of the earth today. It is your right to be the best. And we explained to the brothers yesterday and sisters, that Allah subhanahu Adana, he gave us the best book, via the best agent, to the best Prophet, and revealed it in the best month. And on the best night Ramadan and a little further, and in the best language, the Arabic language and in the best of places.
And in this book, he declared this the best of all nations. So if Allah subhanahu attallah prioritized for this the best, why should we ever settle for anything less than the best.
And this is my message to the different universities that Allah blesses me to visit.
And to the different schools that Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses me to visit, that we're not saying everybody should become a chef, or a scholar.
But we say become the best that you can be whatever you do, and start by being the best Muslim. Because that's the description that encompasses everybody, irrespective of your level of knowledge, become the best declare of Allah subhanho wa Taala as oneness does fix your class and you have to eat and become the best declare of the prophesy sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, let's adhere to
and become not just any pharmacist, but the best pharmacist. And not just any doctor, but the best doctor. And not just any engineer, but the best engineer, your site should be much more eloquent,
and much more delicate than your fellow classmates. This is the reality, the bar should be set much higher. So Pamela, Michelangelo once said, that the defect is not in setting high goals and not achieving it, the defect is in setting low goals and achieving it. Because when you set those low goals, and you achieve it, that is what defines you, and you become relaxed after that. You don't work harder. There is no next day, you've achieved what you've said.
And when I was growing up,
my father used to always tell me, in the sky, even if you hit the clouds, but don't aim, the clouds aim higher. And today, that message has evolved. Because we see in leadership books, they say don't even say the sky is the limit. When there's footprints on the moon, when there's footprints on the moon discussion and be the limit anymore, you can go much higher. So this is generally the theme of Make Your Mark sevens of law. No Children of Adam, now we are recording the series. And yesterday we spoke about visions and for those who will inshallah, watch the videos when they become available. One of the things I wanted to share with the brothers and sisters regarding the vision, I'm not
going to discuss the vision because that took long. But something that I wanted to say, which we never got to say was that the vision we didn't discuss is the framework behind all our actions and all our actions are mission. The vision is the end whilst everything we do is the means to the end. So being a person of purpose requires you to have a vision, what's the legacy you want to leave behind. And when you understand that legacy, everything you do has a purpose, it becomes a means to that end, it should never be that we asked a university student, why are you studying a specific specialization? And he says because I enjoy it. That is what an answer. What if you know more
enjoyment? What if it is no more enjoyable? What happens if, as part of the degree program, you have to be starved for two days in the week? It's no more enjoyable. Will you continue the specialization? They'll probably say no.
There has to be substance behind everything that we do. When you tell me you studying a particular degree, I want to know why what is going to keep you studying it even when it becomes ugly. What is going to keep you in the program. Even if the workload becomes unbearable, what is going to keep you doing it. There has to be an end that this leads to but if you make stunning the degree we end this is the defect. This is the problem. This makes us stagnant. People who waste time, because after two years when it's no more enjoyable, as we told them
Brothers and sisters in Bothell, we discuss the vision, you want to change your specialization. But you know what the problem is, you wasted two years of your country's resource, or of your parents resources for the fees that they paid for your education. And you wasted a greater resource, which is two years of your life.
So when you have a vision, you make the right decisions.
You make the right decisions, always. Because in everything you do, you see the end there's line of sight as we say, management, right, or as it is said in management. My background is not management. But as it is said, in the works of management, then there has to be line of sight. Right? in an organization, there's line of sight between the different, different departments, otherwise, it's going to be chaos. Right? So we sometimes cause chaos in our lives. Why? Because we just move it around without perspective and handled as Muslims. I said, it's our right to be the best. And Allah subhanho wa Taala, in the macro setting has at least set our vision. And that is entry into agenda.
The highest gender as Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Don't just ask for any gender, but also the highest one. So Pamela, remember, we spoke just now about setting higher aims, not lower, but any gender, but the highest yet. This is the teacher from habits Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Right. And for those who attended yesterday, we said this, that all this whole discussion of visions and missions and objectives and goals and planning, and so on and so forth. This was the prophetic message taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And it's not his fault that you might have learned about it in western books today. But the credit goes back to him to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He was a visionary. And we showed some examples yesterday. So this was the message in a nutshell,
that we covered yesterday, brothers and sisters. And it's important that we bring that summary in why because this concept of having a vision will always be the theme, irrespective of what we discuss, when we talk about being a high net individual. So
the message that I wanted to share yesterday that I didn't get around to talk about regarding the vision is that it houses our visions, everything we do this line of sight, everything we do this line of sight. So Islam has the vision in general to theatres, in having a place underneath the arms of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Getting our books of deeds in our right hands, that's everything we do should be admission to that. The reason why you hear now is because this is a mission.
There's an end behind you being here, there's an outcome you wish to get from the city. It's not one hour or two hours of just wasting my time.
And if that's your case,
you won't be found in the cinema, for example. Because is that a mission that leads to your vision? No, he won't be found in the disco. Because is that a mission that leads to your vision? No, you become a person of basura not of sight. But inside, you become a person, not of television, but vision. Right? There's always a line of sight behind everything you do, even the spouse that you bury. You have clarity. Many of these today they go for the special meeting, when they're looking to get married.
And they don't even know what to ask. They're asking you what should they ask how can you ask me? What should you ask? Am I marrying her? are you marrying her?
And the simple cause of these of this particular question is because this person doesn't know who he is or who she is, and who they not. They haven't found themselves. They don't know what legacy they want to leave how they want to be remembered when they pass away.
What they want to see when they're on their deathbed, because they don't know that they're getting married to submission as well. It's a means to an end. Right? It's not an end in and of itself.
This was the message yesterday and this is the summary in a nutshell.
Today's topic is about leadership. Again, a huge topic, but as the Arabic saying goes mela yusaku law you try to do that which you cannot do in its entirety. It shouldn't be left in its entirety. And Allah blessed me with a voice. So let me share with you a little bit of what I have.
My dear brothers and sisters, by the mothers and fathers,
Allah subhanho wa Taala
sent us to be
and not follow us
centers to be demonstrators
centers to be
I said prior to this particular statement substantiates what I've just said,
and this is prevalent in the life of the MBA and he was selected
and especially the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
The MBA he was Salatu was Salam
came to change the norms of people.
They were worshipping idols, and associating partners unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. They came to lead them out of darkness and move them into the sphere of light.
They will lead us, they were trendsetters. They weren't mere followers. We just said, You're right. As part of this is to be the best and understand that you're right, of being part of this code base to be a leader is to be a leader.
It is your right.
And you will be questioned about this right?
For Allah subhanho wa Taala sent us Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and revealed to us
to teach us how to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that we don't worship Allah subhanho wa Taala how we want to teach us how to be wealthy citizens of our communities and contributors to every environment that we are in.
Because this is the reality of the life of habits of Allahu alayhi wa sallam. And his message.
We were sent to set the trend of tawheed and submission to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala as was the reason behind the sending of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He was said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to people
that were not leaders, even though they thought they were they were deceived leaders because all they were doing really even though they lead their tribes that they lead their clans. All they did really was follow the way of the four factors. So whether the leaders or the trendsetters or were they blind followers.
They thought they were leaders, but they were deceived.
And this concept of Allahu alayhi wa sallam being a leader is established in the Quran, and is established in the countless examples in this year.
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not only come to make us 10 centers and leaders in matters of this world.
But as well
as with matters of the Hereafter, for he taught us how to worship Allah. And he taught us how to be with our lives. We know the famous hadith of Alice in the Saudi embassy, but valic Heroku
he says the best of you are those that are best to their families to their wives, and I have the best of you all to my wife. And
he taught us Allahu alayhi wa sallam, how to be with our parents, how to be with our children.
We know how he stood up for his daughter, Fatima
and how he joked with the young boy when his bed passed away and died.
Yeah, they're always
less violent. Why couldn't a young boy farther forward he's a young boy, not even married yet? What happened to new boy this bed? hE hE eased his hurt.
And we know from NSE but medic, we don't NSE but medic is to greet the young dentists to say this is what Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to do. So he taught us how to be trendsetters with our young when the police were burying their daughters alive
and treating their families as commodities. He came to train set with the fellatio including their wives as part of the inheritance that I also answered so much buddy, you will inherit my wife after I die. He came to teach us how to be trendsetters with regards to relationships with our wives, he taught us how to be trendsetters with our communities, how to be selfless, when they lived amongst a calm a nation that was selfish.
We know how abubaker the level and was freeing slaves with his wealth in Islam
and how the Sahaba would donate and donate for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and how the outside welcomed the mahadji route. They didn't say that's what my problem. These people come from a faraway left. We don't know them. Now. They welcome themselves listeners. And if they could share their wives they would have they even wanted to offer half of the businesses to the big router in the cable itself.
business to a people that was selfish. It changed their paradigms and ways. It added context in their lives. Islam didn't come with the treasures of this world, but it did. It didn't come with the treasures of the world, that none of those things considered treasures. It came with the treasures of this world that a person who believes in a lie the last day considers treasures. It didn't come with financial standing in material well being this kind of content. But it came with context. It came to add context in our lives. It taught us how really to spend our wealth, and how really to spend our time and how really to behave with the different entities of our, in our lives, the
different people around us, the different environments that we experience. And it also added context with regards to the human being and his or her creator, Allah subhanho wa Taala. The topic is leadership. And we could discuss it in terms of what the Guru's today if leadership, defined as being a leader, they discuss qualities of leaders.
There's very different books and they describe many different qualities. Some say they should be 10 qualities, some say they should be 14 qualities, some add the qualities of a leader to 21. And I've contemplated this point as I read and by Allah, I've managed to see those qualities present in the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam anyway, because he was the ultimate leader. And it was all there. And why not? When Allah subhanho wa Taala said laqad Cadillac v rasulillah. He was swatted. hesson that inhabits Allahu alayhi wa sallam is a perfect character example for you a perfect example.
Salaam Alaikum alayhi wa sallam.
Some say you need to have the concept of delegation just as an example some say confidence, some say
commitment, and the ability to communicate and so on and so forth. And this was present let's just take delegation, for example. This was present in the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Four, before he passed away, he delegated Abu Bakar on the right to lead the Salah. And whenever backer gave it to Omar, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that allied is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam refuse that armor leads the Salah back
to her alive look.
What wisdom there was at this delegation, that when he did this, this was a means for the man standing that after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the next leader should be able
to count what a leader he was. How he nurtured the old by just one act had Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala get us with agenda. I mean,
look at his refusal to delegate, refusal to delegate a leader knows how to delegate so he delegates Abubakar,
but he refuses to delegate to a Buddha for the
positions of authority. And he tells
me that you are a soft person. You don't have the ability to deal with a dispute between two people.
And he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam don't look for positions of authority for it will end up being a bit of regret for you in the hereafter. There's certain people that cannot manage those positions, because he was not delegated at all.
And then look, how Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, delegated armory last in the Battle of that a celestial
he delegated him as a leader. And that army was joined later on by Abu Bakar of the labyrinth, no Marina, Barbara de la Juan, and we all know them. And the honor that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave them we know that Allah declared Abu Bakr radi Allahu Allah, as a person of honor in his book, it's sort of to do with Allah subhanho wa Taala said, Well, I tell oldfather living comosa the Mufasa rune heaven in Japan, I consensus that furball here is talking about Abu Bakr
a matter of whose honor yet Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam left
Emerald Laos, as the head of that particular group, player Illa Illa. Now, this doesn't mean that he was better than Omar and better than Abu Bakar Allahu Allah. And this is a lesson as a footnote as a footnote, because whenever we learn from the Sierra, whenever we learn, we should contemplate and ponder this is a lesson that was better than
And to us that sometimes those who are less honorable than others can take positions of leadership amongst us. It doesn't mean that if they take the position of leadership that they are the most honorable No, it just means that they the most capable.
So in this particular
experience expedition, Laos was the most capable and this is delegation, which shows the leadership of Muhammad Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He went to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam because it does cross the mind, the spider law, I am left in charge in the presence of Abu Bakr and Omar Abdullah.
So he went he thought I'm more beloved to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So he went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and asked him, but who is the most beloved to you? So he said,
he says, No, I'm not asking you this. I'm asking you with regards to the men. So he said Abba, Father. So he's he was set straight, but it's naturally just the level it would compete. The La La La Bella, get us with them in
the crux of the point is, that was the loss of Allahu alayhi wa sallam was a leader. And he could delegate to sharing with you examples. They say you need to be delegated to be a leader who has a better delegated and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They say you need to be a communicator
who was a better communicator than Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Let's take the example of the Bedouin that urinated in the masjid and the Sahaba up in swords. And Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked them to control themselves. In fact, he asked them to let him finish
his urinating in mosquito nets. And he says let him finish. And then Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam calls him and explains to the reality of the place in a soft tone and a diligent way. And this person
goes on to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala only to have mercy on Publix of Allahu alayhi wa sallam and him and nobody else. That's how he appreciated the way of prophets, Allah Allah, He will celebrate this communication. And even then, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam corrected him and said, Look at what
you have, you have made narrow something that is vast the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala is vast. Allah best encompasses everything. He said, You have narrowed something, which is extremely vast.
But in retrospect, look at the story of the lady known as embora
when she committed a crime, and the people got together, to look for somebody to intercede on her behalf, so that the punishment void does not take place. And they knew that our server even saved your loved one was beloved to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So they sent him to intercede at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam either stirred voice, not a rude voice,
not a scolding voice, but in a stern voice said a Tasha, he had the heart to the lab. Are you seeking intercession in a manner that is considered a head a prescribed punishment by Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says what law he thought.
If my daughter had stolen, she too, would face this punishment, the sustain,
so he was a great communicator. So Allahu alayhi wa sallam. In any case, my intention is not to talk to you about
the qualities of leaders because not everyone is engineered to be a leader. Not everyone is engineered to be a leader, right? We know, there's this test today known as the Myers Briggs examination, and people, people's characters are marked, so that leaders or organizations can have an idea of the strong points and weak points of certain people. So they're placed in the correct places, not everybody is going to be a leader. And that's rightly so and not everybody is going to be a worker. And that's rightly so, because if everybody was leaders who would do the work, and everybody was workers who would lead them right.
So my aim is not to discuss the qualities of being a leader because this would exclude those who are not naturally engineered to be a leader.
But my aim is to discuss this concept from a wider perception and perspective.
And that is
your ability to be your own leader, and your ability to become a leader
in matters specific to you
becoming a trendsetter in matters
specific to you, such as worship of Allah pedagogy,
such as adherence to the student of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam, such as everything that is considered good. Today we have a false understanding of the bad. We think worship is the five pillars of Islam.
Here, yes, these are the pillars of worship but not all of worship brothers and sisters. Because worship is defined as a swoon, Jeremy
Bala, a universal term that encompasses everything which is beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala, such as belief and worship, such as spending in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala, such as data, such as being humble, such as conformance to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah, such as competing with one another, in your journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala. All of us is worship, smiling,
is worship. The Salaam and greeting is worship. The food that you are a means of placing in the mouth of your spouse is worship. nurturing the old man upbringing your children is worship, going to work every morning is worship, running,
is worship, sports can be worship. If we looked after our intentions, and I shared this message yesterday, I luckily had, as I said, the theme of our series will have to encompass certain messages, running across different talks. All this can be worship. If your intention behind going to work is to be a person that can give sadaqa and support Islamic projects and the spelling of Islam and to place halal food in the mouths of your family. This is why I
have the love for Islam and the disbeliever who goes to work it's not worship for them. Because the aim behind work is to make ends meet.
Remember I said it's your right to be the best?
If you don't say that it's your right to be a trendsetter. How can you're going to work be an ends.
Just as the disbeliever going to work is an ends for them. You should have a more noble purpose. It's a means to an end. What is the end?
So how can you tie the simple act of life and make it an act of worship? That you go to work every day and every step of the way in every second spent going to work and working and coming back you make it a means of making your skills of good deeds heavy on the day of pay. And boom your agenda. Trees are growing for you engender palaces are being built for engender schemes are being delivered for you in general, but you're going to work, how? By being connected to your purpose and your vision. But I'm doing this for the sake for the sake of Allah subhanho wa jal and the sake of gender, this is why I'm doing it. I'm not just doing it for the sake of it.
If who can become depressed building the agenda, people say I'm depressed, my job is depressing. Your job is depressing because it's an areas it's not a means to an end. That's the problem. That is the problem. There is no real purpose behind. Your soul is not being fed.
Your spirituality is not being fed you spending most of your day looking after your external not showing.
When you fix your intention, your normal activity in your day becomes a means of feeding your eternal because you've tied it to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
As the scholar once said,
there was a rich man who complained that I'm so rich, but I can't sleep at night, and I'm depressed. I have everything but I'm not happy. So the chef advised and said, because you haven't tied what you love to the one who you should love.
If you tie what you love to the one who you should love, it will become beneficial for you. Your spirituality will start eating and drinking and come alive. Because brothers and sisters we're not bodies. We're not bodies own. We have a spiritual side when you're depressed is because your heart is depressed. Your heart is hot, your spirituality is hot.
Allah subhanho wa Taala granted, understanding this is the reality of Islam. And that's why when the Sahaba went, and we said the story is de la ilaha illAllah but it's one that pops up always when he went to the Emperor, and Emperor said Why have you come to DC for trade?
He said in the most eloquent of ways, Jay nachum we've come to you they know legionary bad to remove the surface. I mean any bad event
From worshipping the sermons Illa, the bed at your ability back to worshiping the creator of the service,
a purpose. It wasn't a journey
as an ends, but it was a means. And even the data that they gave there was a means to an end that is gender and that success in the hereafter to see those angels of gender descend when you are about to breathe your last breath, to be those people who benefit, the greatest benefit of death
and less equal to two headed to Hana law to get the death of those only, that when they pass away, angels dissent. And when they are in the greatest moment of fear, the agents comfort them and say,
don't be scared for what you did.
And don't be sad for what is to come. Be excited. Why?
Because Allah has sent us to give you glad tidings at this moment of death, the most scariest moment in our lives, to give you glad tidings of gender, the gender that you are promised.
This is the this is the deals we want to have. This is the end that's everything we do has to lead to us achieving that going to university can be a very bad if it is a means to a noble act, that I want to support Islam by showing that we Muslims are the best farmers to submit to become the best pharmacist and the best doctor, we are going to contribute to the Ummah
better than any person from any religion can. Why? Because Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam taught us that we are the best. And Allah subhanho wa Taala made us from his oma understand that it's a responsibility. It's not just pride, that I'm a Muslim from the Obama habits Allahu alayhi wa sallam, yes, you should pat yourself on the back, you should be excited. But understand that the higher the position you have, at being called the best is a very high position. The higher the position you have, the higher the responsibility. A teacher has responsibility in the school, but not the same responsibility as the headmaster is that also
the higher your position, the higher that responsibility.
So this is the message in a nutshell, brothers and sisters Alhamdulillah has caused my voice to last a little bit. But now that we've mentioned certain
acts of worship outside the five pillars of Islam, let me share with you
from the Sahaba or the Allahabad shrine. Some stories, remember, we said we're not here to talk about the qualities of a leader. But we want to talk about the micro aspect of this topic of leadership, which is you being a leader, you feeling that you are the best at what you're doing according to your capacity. You being a leader, it doesn't mean that you don't have the ability to lead a project, that you cannot be a leader in and of yourself,
that you cannot die the death that we just described.
It doesn't mean that
let me share with you examples from the lives of the Sahaba or the graduate.
We said that we should aspire to be leaders in belief and worship, leaders in belief and worship.
The Sahaba of the Allahu bedgebury were leaders in this regard. Look at Abu Bakr, Obi Wan, when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went for the Mirage and explained that he traveled in one night to be to look at this, and in the same night to the heavens and came back and the operation made fun of him and said this is impossible, we know the length of this jet. And we know the difficulties during this journey. It does not make sense.
And if someone told us today that they did it, it would not make sense.
It would not make sense.
when he was approached by the isolators he said if Muhammad said it, I believe it. It happened. This is
because from a man is believed that
you believe in the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala
and that Allah gives the miracles
he says if Mohamed said it I believe in this belief.
It's not a matter of does it make sense to buy my free will lead is it belief? Are we leaders in V four do we
Question the Sharia law forgive us. Today some people question the Sharia.
They say, Why should I wash my hands in my face and my mouth and my nose and my ears? When I relieve myself?
It doesn't make sense. What's that got to do with that?
This is you will not be a leader in belief. And this is a very dangerous question.
They will lead us in belief, they knew that Allah gave them a mind.
But they believed that this mind has to be used behind the screen of the Sharia.
That we have emotion. And we have our mental intellect.
And we have belief. We have the Quranic instruction, and the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So we use our intellect
to guide our emotions, but we use the Sharia to guide our minds.
Because look at the pattern, and this is from the height of being a leader. So he was a leader in belief, he accepted the message.
And he did not for one moment think that this is a rational. He said if he said it, it happened and I believe it.
And their plot of trying to tell them about hurricane Bahamas Allahu alayhi wa sallam
When we look at worship, we see Abu Bakr radi Allahu Allah, as a leader in worship, he was
knowledgeable with the Quran.
the most in terms of the Quran recitation. And this we extracted from the fact that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam commanded Abu Bakr to leave the believers in prayer.
And that same Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, You're
the one who is the leader, in Salah is the one who is most knowledgeable. But the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala Oh is most read the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So
this is the criteria. And based on that he chose Abubakar de la, which means Abu Bakar was the best in worship as well.
And one of the acts of worship is the recitation of the Quran and knowledge of the Quran. So he was a leader in belief, as was the Sahaba. And he was a leader in worship, as was the Sahaba.
We said from worship is spending in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Are we leaders in this regard? Remember, I said, we're not talking about the macro, your ability to manage a team and be a leader, but being a leader in and of yourself in that which is specific to you, from the acts of worship? is spending in the path of Allah? Are you a leader in this regard? Are you a person who sees or you are one who is See?
Which category Do you fall into? Are you a person who makes things happen? Are you are you a person who watches things happen? Or there's a third category? bass a third category? There's a person who says, what happened.
We will delete write it. We've seen those people say, oh, what happened? What's going on? I missed it. I didn't do it. I didn't watch it. Please tell me what happened. So are you a leader? Are you making things happen? Or are you watching things happen? Or are you saying what happened? Who are you?
From the Sahaba or the Allahu Allah when we discussed Abubakar and how he was spending to free the slaves were being persecuted or to bring those who are being persecuted by the Quraysh after they accepted Islam.
But then we have the Allah during the time of drought.
When trade was was at its lowest, and food was at the lowest supply
of man, the law one a great businessman. That comes to him 300 ladened. cabinets, is my memory serves me right from Sharon Lohan is to be checked
300 laden cameras.
And the people are excited that Illa Illa count Campbell with a load full of amenities. So they go to him and say it was mad. For every dollar we'll give you $1 Allah Illallah 100% profit.
Whatever this cabin is worth, we'll give you $1 for it, meaning it's 100% profit. And he said no, I've been offered more. So they said okay, for every dollar $2 200% profit and he said no
offer more. And this is a this is not like the businessman of today, where you tell them look, you know, send it to me at this price. And he might say, well, ah, he might cost prices this much, but
it's not the case.
It's often more you offering me 10,000 pounds on my car was offered more, but no one's offered him anything. You're the first buyer In fact, Allah protect us And forgive us. This is awesome man.
He says I've been offered more, and he's telling the truth. So they said, for every dollar three cents of every dollar I apologize.
For it says no. For every five years I've been offered more. So they get together and say Who on earth can offer him a 500% profit. So the community gets together and say who is the culprit that has done this. And they all say this person is not from us. So they go to him.
And they say, we have a consensus amongst us that this person is not from amongst us. So who is this person that has offered you more than five data hubs to one and he said that I've been offered not five, but 10 to one for Allah Subhana Allah has promised to multiply.
The one that is spent in his part by 10. These camels of Allied is
La ilaha illa Allah at the most desperate of times, here is a leader in the banner of spending in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala selflessness, not selfishness, a visionary, knowing that what I am doing is a means to an end.
They know why they are doing things to Allah and look at us born upon Islam and Eman. They were born upon schilke and Cooper yesterday they were worshipping idols today and it's a law in the law and giving away 300 later camels for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Imagine this. This is what happens when a man enters the heart. This is what happens
when you can believe that
he was held up to beta knuckles into the seven heavens and back in one night, when it's totally irrational.
This is what happens when a man enters the heart brothers and sisters and we become leaders in and of ourselves. Look at Abu talha probably Allah when Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed the ayah
better shape than piety will not be ascertained until you spend from that which you love, which is Beloved.
now, don't get from the worst of your wealth, gift from the best of your wealth, that which is more beloved to you. Just like today, what happens when our child is failing in school? We send them to Madras. We send him to
you know go to custody. We we send the West, Allah forgive us. We don't take the child who we see as the most intelligent and say I'm going to invest this child for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
When we spend, we spend the West we need office, these clothes, I don't need it anymore. I'm throwing it away. Let's give it in charity. In fact, let's wait for the month of Ramadan and give it them because it's better. This is good. This is what we're not saying don't do this. But we say become a leader. become a leader
says oh prophet of Allah
Subhana Allah, there's a garden, which is beloved to be it is beloved to me with this ayah it's for a live
action to Panama. This
immediate answer to the core of a light is Rasul sallallahu alayhi wa sallam insha Allah so today we have insha Allah, that inshallah inshallah is of two types yes or no. When somebody tells you in sha Allah say which one yes or no, because what happens is sometimes you tell somebody donate because inshallah inshallah yes or no, which one are you talking about? Please clarify now, so we don't bother you next time. Right? No, there was the Java is the Java and this is Islam, Islam. What is Islam it is this to submit to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the moment that you live in.
What does Allah subhanho wa Taala want me to do right now? If it is beloved to Allah, I will do it. And if it's not, I will stay away from it. These are the examples 300 late and camels at the time of drought in the most difficult of situations is for Allah in Israel, not even a case of Let me ask the interior ministry
right to ask my wife at home.
To make mushara, right? Everyone was clear, because even the wives were upon the same vision. And this is another thing which we could have said yesterday when we discuss visions, that when you get married, marry a female who shares your vision.
So that when you doing things she feels fulfilled.
If you share the same vision, when she's doing something you happy. Why? Because she's working towards the end that you want to achieve. And when you do something, she's happy. Why? Because she knows that you are helping her achieve what she wants to achieve this fulfillment.
This fulfillment when you out spending in the path of a law or traveling for the sake of Allah, she's not sitting at home saying I've been neglected by her husband. She's not saying I've been neglected by my husband. Why? Because she feels fulfilled. What you doing is helping her achieve, she has a purpose in her life, you have a purpose in your life. And what you're doing is helping me and what I'm doing is helping you.
She doesn't say I'm stuck at home, looking after the kids while you're out there. Why? Because she knows by me doing this, that can happen. And that happening helps me see the end that I would like to see when I'm about to pass away. Do you see when you have a shared vision, what happens?
It even brings life to our marriages and fulfillment. For those who are getting married, Take heed and for those who are married don't start saying oh no, I married the wrong woman or the woman saying I married the wrong man. No, that's not the intention here inshallah, you can draft visions that are shared because marriage is given take, right.
rain will lead us in spending the path of Allah.
In the hour, they will lead this as well. We shared the example of the man who went to sleep and said we came to remove the bed.
From check in to toe heat, from oppression of religion into the justice of Islam, and from darkness into light, La ilaha illa Allah,
they will lead us down.
Even when they were dying, they were giving down that's how they will lead us in doubt. We all know the famous story of
when he was passing away. And
he was bleeding to death after the fire worshiper stabbed him, but he was about to touch a lot.
And as he's bleeding a young boy from the community walks up to see him and has his toe, hanging below his ankles
or dragging on the ground, or is bleeding to death is more important matters. Like setting up the Shura that's going to decide who the next is going to be. But here we have Amara, when this boy is walking away, he turns to him and says, oh, son of my brother.
Big Four, Indeed it is. It is from you being more pious to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And it will make your job last longer.
In the most perfect way, even when he's dying. He's observing the dour in the best way.
Oh, son of my brother. He didn't say Oh, crazy. brat, or mad person or sinful person?
my brother, what beautiful words you dying and you have time to still look after the pillars of the hour, any joint between the religious instruction and instruction that makes sense to your mind.
Because the religious instruction is it's from you being more pious. And this is from something more beloved to Allah. And in case that doesn't make too much sense. But understand it's
dragging it on the ground, it will become filthy.
And he's bleeding to death. Look how they will lead us in doubt. Even on their deathbed. They were invited to Allah subhanho wa Taala and the suit of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. It wasn't a case of procrastination. I will do it when tomorrow.
And they say tomorrow never comes.
They never waste the time there was st Jabba. They were leaders in it. They were making it happen, not letting others make it happen. They were people who saw that people who are just seep in character, they will lead us
Let's take the character of being humble.
He was the leader of the Muslims.
SubhanAllah my voice is actually feeling stronger.
Allah hates a cure when you talk about aligning the Rasul sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
Pamela, I think we can leave the programs for tomorrow in the next day.
He was a leader. He was a leader, even in character to Panama in humbleness. We know how he would spend the night looking after Medina.
And the case of the family that was camped outside of Medina, these stories need authenticating Allahu Allah. But the scholars of Hadith when it came to matters that are fit to be placed in Kuta region, when they mentioned, the aspects pertaining to people's lives, there was slightly less strict.
Strict when it comes to attribute is something that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so we can share the story right now.
The family that was camping outside Medina, and this female who's complaining about Omar that she has to face this difficulty, because he's not doing his part and Omar is listening. And Omar goes to find out what's the story without mentioning his armor. And then Omar with his servant walks back to Medina, and collects foodstuff and collects firewood, and carries it back to her. And the servant says, Let me carry this firewood for you. And he says that leave it leave it for you will not carry my burdens on the day of pm.
This is the head of the Muslims. And here the head is like carrying his own firewood. And he lights the fire and he cooks the meal. And he feeds these people and leaves them to satisfaction. He leaves them at the point of satisfaction. And he tells his slave, you will not carry my burden on the lead armored carriers, leaders in character, the same armor when they do knock this was open.
And he was called to come and this habit told him Don't go and he said I will go and he walks there.
Allahu Allah. And Abu Zubaydah, probably Allah says to him, because remember when he was working, he got off his animal, and he took off his slippers and he placed it under his armpits.
Who do that today? Say People will laugh at us. People will laugh at us. But this was the norm at the time he did it. And he says don't do this. You walk into people who have certain standards, you are the leader of the Muslims. Don't do this. And Omar turns to him probably Allahu Allah. And he says to him, if somebody else said this besides you I would have
I would have disciplined him.
He tells me
we are in people that Allah has given up because of Islam, that illa Allah wa not because of how we we our shoes, and whether we sit on the animal or walk the animal intubated this lab, we will give an honor because of Islam. As I said yesterday, the worshiping idols I do that I used to worship in one day it was made out of dates. And one day I was hungry I ate it.
This was the state and he
he acknowledges how Islam was the cause of
Allah Allah look at the humbleness. He tells about VEDA if it was other than you I would have discipline you. We are a people who have honored because of Islam. Whether the shoes on my feet are under my armpits, Islam is with me, and this is what has brought us honor. This is what has brought us greatness. Not arrogance, not saying pride. We say this is what brought us honor, not arrogance. It made us humble. SubhanAllah bleed off the Muslims walking, pulling his ride with his slippers underneath his armpits.
We will lead as brothers and sisters in character
conforming to the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and the teachings of the Quran, they will lead us as well.
A story that comes to mind is Abu Bakr rhodiola. He used to always asked his slaves and slaves to bring some money or bring some food is to ask Where did you get this money from? Or from which money was this food prepared? And when they
began eating? So the slave told him that How come you haven't asked today where I got this from?
So he asked Where did you get it from? So
the slave says, from my work in the days of ignorance, when I
practiced fortune telling Tara
immediately Abu Bakr have stopped and not only stopped, he placed his finger in his throat and vomited that food.
conformance to Quran and Sunnah that we shouldn't eat Hara Abu Bakar was forgiven. It was a mistake. He didn't know what he consumed.
But still he removed it from him. Not that he should have any part of haram or that which goes against the Quran and Sunnah as part of his life. Probably Allah, He vomited it out.
competing to be the best they will lead us in that as well. And there are countless examples for Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah said pester people hierarchy was said the owner said the code will economical Ramon, Allah commands that we race and compete with one another in attaining good deeds in doing good deeds, and they're the ones who raise him towards Allah subhanho wa Taala they are the closest to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We know that Omar.
He always used to compete with Abu Bakr why not test because Abu Bakr was seem to be the best in this regard. In the field of competing to be the best worshiper and Omar Abdullah, one wanted to practice the hadith of Abu Salah Sharia law one, we have actually said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the images of the dunya look at those who have less, but in matches of the era. Look at those who do more. So he was looking at Abu Bakar he wasn't saying Alhamdulillah I gave so much more than the rest of the Sahaba. So I'm good. Now. He said, I haven't looked at him. Because he has a habit of beating me.
Imagine today we say well, you know at least I pray to sunlight domestic those other people don't
Or at least I tip I give some
people they don't do that. So hamdulillah at least know why are you setting the bar solo for yourself? Look at those who are doing more than you. This is from being a leader. And this is example from the lives of the companions of the Allahu Allah Vegemite.
Papa one day comes and drops half his well in front of hundreds of Allah Allah and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says Jamar, what have you left at home? And he says I've left an amount similar to the amount which I gave you meaning I've given abroad half my wealth. I split my wealth into half an intro today hamdulillah I'm going to beat Abu Bakar on Viola one, I've got half half of my wealth and then comes over
and drops as well. And Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says Yeah,
what have you left at home and he says I've left at home nothing but the name of online.
And this is a lesson that is not a case of how much but percentage wise so lesson
could have given more even in a month. But let's say a person is worth $10 and another person is worth $100 and the person was $10 gives $10 and the person worth $100 gives half of it which is 50 percentage wise, the first person gave 100% to ally
and percentage wise, the other person who had 100 k 50%. For example, what is the crux of it he could have given more in in terms of percentage or in terms of reality.
But he left at home, nothing but the name of a line is transferred meaning to lead and the appeal and raising for that big agenda that we will give this matter of the dunya and Allah provides and we will be fine inshallah boo boo is a businessman. We're not saying become people who leave our family style that homeless and we spend everything in the path of Allah we saying that Allah subhanho wa Taala says Cooney laffel when it comes to spending, Allah said spend that which is extra to your requirement. So they will lead us when it came to spending in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala and competing towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. So brothers and sisters in a nutshell, we've shared
many words, and the crux of it is we are leaders. We are demonstrators, we are trendsetters. It is our right to be the best. It is our right to show and not be shown. And we need to ask ourselves now and now are we people who show what are shown? What is our position right now? Have we lived our lives closest to the aspirations of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam regarding us or not? Have we lived our lives with the wonderful bounties that Allah subhanho wa Taala has declared for us or not understand the mathematical law highly. He said that our nation will not fix itself except if they use that which fix the first generation, the generation of the Sahaba of the law and
understand this brothers and sisters and understand that they will
reject limits. They were the best of people, and we can be the best of people when we stand up and take what is ours again.
I'm saying it doesn't have to be in the microwave, but it can be in the microwave. We all have our capacities. But are we the best in those capacities? Are we emulating Muhammad? sallallahu alayhi wasallam and emulating the Sahaba of the Allahu Akbar Vegemite. I leave you with these questions. And I leave you with these words. And I think colossal panda who attalla for granting me strength to share these few words with you. And I pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala that these words, inspire, change, inspire change, that the community of Bristol each and every one of us here become better people in and of ourselves, as well as better people for the sake of our communities. Right?
There has to be action. It can't be that we came and we heard a talk and that was it for Allah subhanho wa Taala will now question us This speech is evidence either for us or against us. It is for us if we had it, and we did something with it. And it is against us on the day of piano if we heard it and left it because we have no excuse now. No one can see I didn't know and no one can say we went and told me Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our mistakes and inspire us to be the best. I mean,
I love y'all for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala brings me back to your wonderful city and to this wonderful Masjid many many a time to see your wonderful faces Mashallah. I love your for the sake of Allah, everything correct cities from Allah subhanho wa Taala is perfect at any mistakes or for myself and Sharon and I seek Allah subhanho wa Taala has forgiven us or sallallahu wasallam or barichara Nabina Muhammad while and he also big money Subhana Allah will be happy Subhana Allah Mohammed, Allah in Highland, the corner to be like Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh